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Come and Sit by Me

When nothing is as it should be And everything’s all out-of-wack, Come, take rest, cut yourself slack, Come and sit by me. When you’re tired of making them happy And they won’t look out for you, Come, in peace, stop…

Struggling with Joy

The third week of Advent is about joy. Joy is hard. We use the word joy to mean pleasure and happiness. I am supposed to be filled with joy, but I often feel anxiety, frustration, and depression. In a way,…

Crumbs on a Rock


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Crumbs on a Rock

This past summer I did a lot of landscaping in my yard. Part of it involved setting stepping stones into place. More than once I found myself trying to move a rock that just would not budge. Then I would…

Break a Rule


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Break a Rule

The theme for OTC faculty this year is “Break a Rule”. When this was first introduced, there were a good amount of uncertainties surrounding it. People don’t really need to be encouraged to break the rules. Or do they? We…

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

I love this time of year. Three of my favorite holidays are found in these final months of the calendar year: Halloween, the best holiday, with its opportunity to be a light in the darkness and to remember our mortality;…

My #1 Tip for Spiritual Growth

I’ve been on an adventure to grow as a follower of Jesus for several decades now.   I’ve tried a lot of different ways to continue to grow and become more and more like Jesus, who seemed to captivate everyone…

Sometimes Love Loses

A few years ago I read a book called Love Works by Joel Manby. It’s a pretty good book, but I think my favorite part is the title. Love Works. I like that. I’ve never been one to take words…

Saints…Lights…Darkness

The focus from Sunday a week ago got me to thinking about Saints or believers who are further down the journey with Christ and can shine a light in our lives or provide a sense of focus or direction. A…

The One Who Is Greater


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The One Who Is Greater

I can go to two extremes when it comes to names (and most things, really). I sometimes think that names are insignificant, just a label, a mental handle. They don’t define us; they reference us. On the other extreme, I…

Much Stronger Than That

Those of us in Christian community who write for this website are supposed to have our blog post turned in to the editor by Monday; I didn’t even start writing this post until Thursday night. My typical Monday work schedule…